Senior Battery Scientist Job Description
Ion Storage Systems creates batteries that are safer, lighter, and enable form factors with tighter packing density that enhance system performance. We are backed by leading venture capital firms including Alsop Louie Partners, Clear Creek Investments, VoLo Earth Ventures, and Toyota Ventures and recently closed an oversubscribed Series A funding round in mid-2022 to enable the growth of the team and commercialization of the technology.
We offer an inclusive environment with opportunities for growth and believe that a thriving workspace leads to a thriving company. We hope you will contact us to learn more and to be a part of our diverse, collaborative team!
We are looking to add a full-time Senior Battery Scientist to our team in Beltsville, MD. This position will report to the Cell R&D Manager and work to develop our next-generation lithium metal battery. The ideal candidate will have industrial experience in lithium-ion R&D and leverage a strong foundation in chemistry and materials science to develop advancements for ION's technology. The Senior Battery Scientist will work closely with other scientists and engineers as part of a fast-moving, cross-functional R&D team.
Lead development efforts for advancement of ION's cell technology in collaboration with team members and VP of R&D
Technical leadership role with responsibilities for leading intra-team, cross-company, and externally facing projects
Serve as resident expert on lithium-ion chemistry, leveraging prior industrial experience, knowledge of state-of-the-art advances, and engagement with vendors
Identify limiting factors in cell performance through electrochemical characterization, materials characterization, and destructive physical analysis
Implement novel R&D techniques and construct effective experimental design to improve cell performance and address project goals
Communicate procedures, results, and uncertainties in written documents and in-person meetings
Report regularly on key observations and technical progress to management
Mentor junior scientists in design and analysis of experiments, and creative problem solving
Work with R&D team to maintain lab organization and champion environmental health and safety in the daily work environment
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, or related field.
5+ years of research experience in an industrial environment with demonstrated track record of success
Laboratory experience in the fabrication and testing of electrochemical cells
Research experience with lithium ion cells, including electrode materials synthesis, cathode coating, or cell design and packaging
Electrochemical analysis techniques such as galvanostatic charge/discharge, cycle life, rate capability, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, etc.
Experience with pouch cell pilot or production lines
Exposure to commercial cell manufacturing
Strong understanding of electrochemistry and chemical/materials systems at a fundamental level with the ability to think mechanistically and design new experiments
Deep knowledge of lithium battery chemistry from the materials level to the cell level
Deep knowledge of materials-related analytical techniques, such as XRD, SEM, EDX, Raman, GC-MS, and particle size analysis
Ability to conduct product-oriented R&D in an industrial setting
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
Excellent organizational skills
Mentorship of junior scientists and engineers
Department: Cell Research and Development
Location: Beltsville, MD
Reports to: Cell R&D Manager
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer the following company benefits:
Medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance
Stock options in an early-stage company
Fully in-person employment with flexible schedule
Company and floating holidays
17 days of PTO to start, with increase upon tenure
401k plan with a 4% company match beginning after first paycheck
Wellness allowance of $1k annually
Ion Storage Systems Inc., located in Beltsville, MD, is a rapidly growing company commercializing its breakthrough lithium metal battery technology based on discoveries made at the University of Maryland. The company is committed to developing products that will impact everyday life on a global scale. Our technology improves product performance and safety in a variety of applications including, defense and aerospace, consumer electronics, electrified transportation, and renewable energy storage. Our team is made up of innovative, driven & creative individuals who are passionate about their work. The company offers an inclusive environment, growth opportunities and encourages work/life balance.
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Ion Storage Systems, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.
*Eligibility to work in the United States as a U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident is required for consideration. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required as well.